Israel's Transport Minister Hopes To Change Minds In
Israeli media report Israeli Aircraft Industries and has been
stopped cold in its attempts to fly civilian aircraft equipped with
the Flite Guard anti-missile system inside the United States. The
reports come as IAI announced Thursday it will begin testing the
Flite Guard system in June.
The Kindler, Simpler, MORE Affordable Diamond Four Seater (Part
Few companies populating the GA market right now seem to be
making more inspired development decisions than Diamond Aircraft.
While Cirrus and Lancair are (justifiably) taking bows for the
exciting performance and sales numbers they'e pumping into the
GA landscape, Diamond Aircraft has crept up from a point of
near-obscurity to claim a place as a leader in the General Aviation
market… and if our intuition is at all accurate, the
probable top spot within a matter of two-three years.
The crash of a Consolidated-Vultee P4Y-2 firefighting tanker two
summers ago was caused by an 18" crack in the left wing. That's the
assessment of NTSB investigators who probed the downing of Tanker
123 in Estes Park (CO). It was one of two aircraft to go down in
fatal accidents while fighting that fire.
April 29, 1944. Sgt. John Bonnassiolle -- "Jack" to his friends
-- was a gunner aboard a B-24, flying only his third combat
mission, when his bomber was shot down. All ten crew members were
killed. The wreckage and the crew's bodies remained lost.
Paulette Gooch was only seven years old when her brother, Jack,
died. Since that day, she's often wondered what became of her
brother. She says it haunted her, not knowing what happened, not
knowing that Jack had finally been laid to rest.
Southwest Airlines is flying out of Philadelphia and, for US
Airways, this means war.
The Washington Post reports US Airways, which has decided to make a
do-or-die stand in Philly, is lowering walk-up fares by 40-percent
and dropping Saturday-stay requirements on most flights to the City
of Brotherly Love.
"This is not a crew safety issue. There are still two
functioning gyros on orbit and we have the Russian propulsion
system (from the Soyuz spacecraft which is currently docked with
the ISS) to maintain attitude."
Source: NASA spokesman Kelly Humphries, reporting
a failure of a stabilization gyroscope aboard the International
Space Station. The gyro is one of four aboard the ISS that prevent
it from tumbling and keep its solar panels oriented toward the sun.
There are four gyros on board the ISS. This is the second failure.
Kelly confirmed that one of the remaining gyros is troublesome --
that its instrumentation indicates it needs more lubrication.
Humphries says the station can operate on as few as two gyros. But,
he says, if a third gyroscope fails, the ISS will
AOPA on Monday told the FAA to reject a petition from a group
called Stop the Noise, asking for mandatory under-wing display of
two-foot-high N numbers so aircraft could be more easily
identified. AOPA told the FAA that requiring aircraft owners to put
large N numbers on the undersides of their wings would serve no
purpose and that the FAA has its own studies that already prove the
It's coming! It's coming...
Of course, it might need a little help to get here.
And that's just what the EAA wants -- your help. In less than a
week, thousands of EAA members and other aviation enthusiasts have
signed a petition to the Federal Office of Management and Budget
urging it to expedite release of the proposed sport pilot/light
sport aircraft rule when it returns from FAA in the next few weeks.
This rule is a huge step for those who are looking to overcome
personal time or financial burdens that keep them from pursuing
their aviation dreams, or for those who want a viable way to return
to the sky.
ALPA says the hard work and sacrifices of its pilots, along with
the rest of America West Airlines' employees, were directly
responsible for the airline's dramatic turnaround from 2003 to
2004, according to the leader of the America West unit of the
One day after the new tenants arrived aboard the International
Space Station, NASA says a second of four critical gyroscopes used
to stabilize the station has failed. While the ISS can operate on
just two gyros, the failure means there is no longer a margin of